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The Nation

The Pulitzer Prize executive committee said it saw no reason to rescind the prize for nonfiction awarded to Neil Sheehan for his book “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.” Several Vietnam veterans had charged that Sheehan had maligned the performance of members of the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea by charging they repeatedly fled in battle. The committee said the reference was only one paragraph in a 790 page book, and that it paralleled the Army history of the regiment. The Army is now reviewing the official history.


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